MIA's "Born Free" Video: Too Graphic?

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MIA has always been very outspoken on politics, but in her new video, "Born Free," she takes it to a whole new level of extreme and, in my opinion, it's just too far.


The nine-minute video was taken down from YouTube a mere day after its release because of its graphic violence. And when I say violence, I'm talking body parts flying, shotgun to the head kind of violence.

The video shows soldiers, some wearing American flag patches, corralling, harassing, abusing, and killing redheads, which obviously symbolize all groups that have faced prejudice. I agree with the anti-prejudice message, but not the way it was executed. It's definitely powerful, and I can appreciate the meaning and artistry behind it. It's just not for me, personally (though I get squeamish from an episode of CSI, so it doesn't take much).

If you're feeling up to it, you can still watch the video on Vimeo. But I'm warning you ... it's not for the faint of heart.

Have you seen the video? If so, what did you think of it? Too graphic or is it appropriate for the message that it's relaying?

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